Reneé O'Connor


Darkman II:

The Return of Durant

Story Synopsys:
- In this second of the Darkman series we find Dr. Peyton Westlake fighting crime to confiscate the criminal's money so he can continue his research for synthetic skin that will last longer than 99 minutes without disintegrating. Another scientist, Dr. David Brinkman, has also been working on a synthetic skin and the two may be able to break the 99 minute barrier together. All seems well until Robert Durant comes out of his coma and seeks to rebuild his criminal empire. One of the resources he needs is the building that Dr. Brinkman owns and contains his laboratory. Of course Durant tries to strong arm Brinkman to sell and the doctor's resulting death forces Darkman to go after Durant again, not only because Durant ruined his life but also because Brinkman took the secret of permanent synthetic skin to the grave.
- Reneé plays Dr. Brinkman's sister, Laurie. She gets involved because the building now is hers after her brother's death and she goes into negotiations with Durant's so called land development company to sell. She doesn't know that Durant killed David, she just thinks the $1million is fair compensation for her brother's life and good enough for her to get back to school and restart her own life. Of course Darkman tries to reason with her and convince her that Durant is the bad guy and selling to him would be a big mistake and that she'd be taking blood money. Finally, but too late, she realizes he's right but she's captured by Durant's gang and used as bait for Darkman, who Durant wants dead.

My thoughts on Reneé's performance
- Okay, first I think Reneé did an excellent job here. Second, I'm still wondering about her character. Laurie works in a strip club but I'm assuming as a manager since she's only seen in conservative business wear, though her position is never revealed. It doesn't matter to the story, I'm just curious because it's Reneé's character. Third, in the beginning they have Reneé in far too much makeup. Those heavy fake eyelashes just have to go. Is the heavy makeup a hint to her job?
- Reneé got third billing in this movie. I'm still unsure why Kim Delaney is more prominent in the credits and even has her picture on the tape box (back). Her role is a smaller and Reneé had more screen time. I can only assume name recognition was the driving force in that decision.

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dm2a.jpgLaurie surveys her brother's lab after his death
dm2b.jpgHer emotions get the better of her
dm2c.jpgShowing that classic ROC smile in a broken picture
dm2d.jpg At David's funeral
dm2e.jpgAgain at her brother's funeral
dm2f.jpgLaurie talks with one of Durant's men as Dr. Westlake
looks on in the background
dm2g.jpgShe doesn't yet know he's a bad guy
dm2h.jpgShe's been mourning her brother
dm2i.jpgDr. Westlake confronts Laurie at work
dm2j.jpgHe's trying to convince her that David was killed by Durant
dm2k.jpgOf course she doesn't believe him
dm2l.jpgShe's just gonna have to learn the hard way
dm2m.jpgLaurie meets Durant at the meeting to sell the building
dm2n.jpgShe seems confident she's doing the right thing
dm2o.jpgDurant feeds her some more bull
dm2p.jpgShe wonders why there are so many thugs in the room
dm2q.jpgLaurie begins to worry about her business partners
dm2r.jpgShe realizes that Durant is the infamous finger chopper
dm2s.jpgShe confronts him about his motives in wanting the building
dm2t.jpgAbout to sign the deal, she thinks twice about it
dm2u.jpgFinally Laurie backs out of the deal
dm2v.jpgShe runs because she knows these guys are killers
dm2w.jpgBut can she get away before they catch up to her?
dm2x.jpgTaxi! She needs a taxi, and fast!
dm2y.jpgOne of the bad guys catches up, but it's Darkman in disguise
dm2z.jpgDarkman has no time to explain the truth about himself
dm2za.jpgHe stuffs Laurie in a cab to try to save her
dm2zb.jpgIt doesn't work and Durant captures her
dm2zc.jpgLaurie is shackled in a chair at Durant's hideout
dm2zd.jpgShe struggles with one of her captors
dm2ze.jpg(my favorite picture out of all these, that's why it here)
dm2zf.jpgTold she's going to be used for target practice
dm2zg.jpgLaurie, with Dr. Westlake, tries to resist the bad guy
dm2zh.jpgThey face the weapon to be used against them
dm2zi.jpgLaurie and Dr. Westlake take cover after an escape attempt
dm2zj.jpgThere's lots of shooting going on out there
dm2zk.jpgLaurie hesitantly draws a weapon
dm2zl.jpgYou gotta ask yourself, do you feel lucky, punk?
dm2zm.jpgReady to blast Durant into the hereafter
dm2zn.jpgLaurie is knocked back by the force of an explosion
dm2zo.jpgCaught again by Durant as he yells out at Darkman
dm2zp.jpgDurant is listening for clues to where Darkman is hiding
dm2zq.jpgLaurie makes her escape! Hooray!
dm2zr.jpgShe sees Dr. Westlake as he really is, Darkman
dm2zs.jpgDarkman explains his connection with Durant to Laurie
dm2zt.jpgLaurie thanks Darkman and says her goodbye as he leaves

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